October 13

Uh Oh!

This week in the Learning Commons students celebrated some of our great books. We used Pic Collage App to create posters and then blogged our favourite book covers. We are thankful for the wide variety of materials we have available to us and are proud of the quality of our resources.

Unfortunately, every year, we loose a significant number of books due to damage and loss. The biggest problem is leaking water bottles and sticky lunches. Wet pages turn mouldy and the books cannot be salvaged. Please make sure lids are on tight. Vanier students know not to draw in books but younger siblings or cousins should be supervised.

Families may be asked for full or partial replacement costs of damaged books. Accidents happen, and if you are unable to contribute towards a book’s replacement please let Ms. Crosland know.image

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September 28

Building the Learning Commons

We are getting very excited about developing our library into a Learning Commons. Yesterday the carpenter came to talk about the changes we would like to make in how the room is organized. We are moving shelves and creating more open space. The first of our ‘comfy cubes’ have arrived. These can be used for sitting on or as little tables. They are lightweight and flexible so we can move them around however we need them.

The iPad cart has arrived and so have the really smart purple iPad covers. We noticed that the covers came with a lot of packaging so we recycled as much as we could. The little boxes are being used in the Grade One class for sorting trays, the card sleeves will be cut and made into little bird decorations for our library theme and the plastic covers were made into virtual iPads for our virtual students on Meet the Teacher evening.

The most exciting thing that has been happening is a gradual change in the way we are thinking during our library classes. As we move through a lesson we keep thinking of ways that we might incorporate the iPads to enhance our learning. We are getting ideas for further developing our projects and thinking of meaningful ways of sharing our thinking.